>> reporter: and neil, who served in afghanistan and iraq is giving me an assignment, a wind meter, a smoke grenade to see the direction of the wind and the radio. >> talk to the helicopter and give us a countdown, and we're going to jump as soon as you say one, go. we jump at go. >> reporter: it's game time, and for the first time, nicole is riding along to watch from up above. once the chopper gets to 5,000 feet, my turn. three, two, one, go. pull the pin. there we go. smoke. from the ground, just specks in the sky. but from above, a bird's-eye view unlike any other. even after thousands of jumps -- it never gets old. >> i got so slammed. like the parachute sometimes opens really hard real fast.